A Weekend in Pictures – May 1st 2016

This was a very wonderful and special weekend for our family. It was a beautiful spring weekend with lots of sunshine, playground time, walks in the park – and a birthday party! We were happy to celebrate two birthdays at a time which actually was a lot of fun. But why don’t you see for yourself:

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What would be a birthday party without a birthday cake? So here we go!

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Baking the birthday cake was kind of a family event and a great learning experience for our toddler:

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Is there a better place to have a birthday party than a playground? I don’t think so. Our children really enjoyed there time outside – and the Dads did too…

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Aside from baking and playing there was also plenty of time for discovering the world:

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How was your weekend?

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Two under two – Nighttime…

“How do you do that at night?” – that is definitely one of those questions you get a lot with two kids under two. Somehow nights with toddlers and babies are considered to be very hard.

Which needs not necessarily be the case!

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In our family we have basically established some very clear jurisdictions: Mom is responsible for the baby, Dad cares for the toddler. Most nights that works really well, so we hardly complain about the nights.

Another reason for our not-so-hard-nights is that we all sleep in one room – and most nights we even share one bed. That is a really comfortable solution for us because neither of the children needs to cry to call our attention and neither of us needs to get up to meet the children’s needs.

However, there are those tough nights, too, of course. Sometimes one of the children isn’t well or they both wake each other up all night. Those really are demanding times. Sometimes Mom has to move out of the bedroom and spend the night on the sofa together with the baby.

Nevertheless, nights like that are really really rare in our family. It is actually quite the contrary: Most nights all of us get enough sleep.

Two under two – Doing housework

Obviously there is a lot of housework to do if you have to kids under two. But how do you do that? Well, that’s a legitimate question…

However, in our family it kind of works. Somehow. Sometimes it works really well, sometimes it doesn’t work at all. And that’s just how life is with two really little little ones. And that’s OK.

However, Mom has found some tricks that help her a lot throughout the day – and maybe there is something in for you, too? Let’s see.

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The toddler actually loves to watch Mom do her housework. Actually she not only loves to watch Mom being busy, she also loves to help her. And why not? Itsure can get a little messy, but the toddler is busy, entertained and happy. And that’s worth it.

However, with the baby it’s not as simple as with the toddler. The baby is not as interested in housework as her sibling and she is too small to help, so she easily gets frustrated. Maybe you know that situation, too? What do you do?

Often Mom takes the baby sling and puts the baby on her back. Usually she does that when she needs to do something that keeps her in motion most of the time. The baby loves to be rocked like this on Mom’s back and often even falls asleep. Sometimes Mom uses the baby hammock and tries to keep up with her chores while rocking the baby in her hammock.

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However, the baby often starts to complain in her hammock because she feels she just doesn’t see enough from there. Sometimes Mom puts the baby on a blanket on the floor and hopes the toddler will entertain her or she puts her in her bassinet and hopes she will be happy there. Or she carries the baby in her arm doing her work with just one hand.

You’d be surprised how many things you can do using just one hand!

Occasionally, however, there is just no solution that works. Those are the times when Mom takes both kids for a walk to the playground or to park although the home is really really messy. Or she takes some time to just sit on the sofa in the middle of that chaos that she hopes to transform into a cozy home sometime again.

And you know what? Those can be really precious times.

 

 

A Weekend in Pictures – March 12th/13th 2016

This weekend we want to kind of create a new tradition on our blog: We want to share our “weekend in pictures” with you!

So let’s get started:

In our home we have a “season corner”, that we love to decorate according to the rotation of the seasons outside in nature. This weekend we decorated our season corner a little more springlike:

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We also gave our dining table a new spring-like attire:

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In our family we love to bake:

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This weekend we made plum tart and bread:

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But at the end of the day our home looks just like any other home with little ones:

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How was your weekend?

Two under two – our new series on Living a Catholic Fairy Tale

Two under two – an introduction

 

Life is changing – always and in every moment. Life can be challenging, life can be painful and life can be so beautiful. And sometimes it is just everything at the same time.

But how is life with two kids under two?

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Is it possible to find a good solution for one of those moments when both kids are crying? How do you make enough time to play with your older child? How do you survive Holy Mass with two kids under two? Is there any chance to have just a few minutes to yourself?

If that sounds interesting to you you’re more than welcome to follow our new series “Two under two”. And be assured: There is definitely no way to handle all those challenges without God’s grace!

Do you need encouragement?

Our goal is to encourage and inspire our readers with this blog and to motivate them to follow the plan God has for their lives. So this is our new category: Encouragement. In this category we share encouraging comments and quotes and ponder them. That way we hope we can encourage you in your everyday life and maybe we can even help you with some worries that have burdened your heart. Our first encouraging quote is of course a biblical quotation:

Do not fear: I am with you;
do not be anxious: I am your God.
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.

~ Isaiah 41:10

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This is such an encouraging bible verse to us! No matter how hard some situations seem to be, God is always with us. He never leaves us. Sometimes we might not hear his voice or feel his presence. But he is always there, and he always listens to us, and he always cares.

So we can always lean on him and let him be strong for us in those moments when we can’t be strong ourselves. He is always willing to carry us through those moments.

Protecting childhood – for a good reason

 

 “[…] but Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the children come to me and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Remember this! Whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”

~ Luke 18:16-17

Jesus called the children to him and talked to them. But why did he have to fight for them being led to him in the first place? Luke tells us that the disciples tried to hinder the children to come to Jesus. They tried to send them away so that Jesus wouldn’t be disturbed by them.

Let’s be honest: Don’t we know situations like that?

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Children are widely regarded as a disturbing factor. Children are always in someones way – they are in the way of their parents careers, they are in the way of their parents relationship, they are in the way of their parents friendships and they hinder their parents from doing their hobbies, going on vacations, etc. But there is also another view on children:

Children are a gift from the Lord;
they are a real blessing.”

~ Psalms 127:3

Why doesn’t modern society regard children as a blessing anymore but as a disturbing factor and a burden to their parents? Shouldn’t children in fact be “the greatest possible gift”1 to their parents?

When they become parents, spouses receive from God the gift of a new responsibility. Their parental love is called to become for the children the visible sign of the very love of God, “from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.”

~ Familiaris Consortio 14

Today’s children grow up in a society that is loud and cold. Instead of having a happy and unburdened time as children in a caring and loving family, they often have to leave their families for daycare at a very young age.

As parents and writers of this blog we request the child’s right to a warm and safe home and a close relationship to his parents. Children should grow up in emotional security. In order to guarantee these aspects we advise parents to avoid daycare if possible.

[…] Acceptance, love, esteem, many-sided and united material, emotional, educational and spiritual concern for every child that comes into this world should always constitute a distinctive, essential characteristic of all Christians, in particular of the Christian family: thus children, while they are able to grow “in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man,”(77) offer their own precious contribution to building up the family community and even to the sanctification of their parents.”

~ Familiaris Consortio 26

Protecting childhood isn’t only a family issue or a society issue it has a deep Christian meaning. Jesus loved children and even fought for their right to come to him. For this reason it should be our mission as Christians to fight for our children’s rights and to protect their childhood.

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